Joseph Walsh, Lilium
In the Lilium series, Joseph Walsh expands on the formation and layering language of his Enignum series and once again refers to natural elements that inspire his work.
Lilium explores the relationship between the geometric and the organic; while some of the pieces' elements keep to symmetrical repetitions, others erupt into glorious, abstract shape.
The finished pieces blur the line between still and living objects, while capturing the natural instincts for growth in the material, the maker and the viewer. They mimic nature’s patterns, beginning with a cohesive bulb / form and growing according to diverse set of circumstances. In this work, Joseph finds the piece’s forms by following the curve of the wood so that the sculpture evolves from a structured, predictable object into a freely flowing work.
The making process of the Lilium series involves stripping Ash into thin layers and shaping the works, layer upon layer, while allowing the material to evolve into its final form.
This autumn exhibition at the Oliver Sears Gallery will include four new pieces from the Lilium series as well as new pieces from the Enignum series - a grouping which will fit beautifully in the gallery's historical building.
Joseph Walsh (born in 1979) founded his studio and workshop in 1999 in Co. Cork, Ireland. He is a self-taught designer maker, realising one of a kind and limited edition pieces. Walsh’s creative approach reflects his appreciation of nature and also his desire to engage the user with visual and tactile forms.